MUSIC IS THE ANSWER
The question being, why I love this job! Seriously, no matter how cynical I may get with life in Japan, all of that negative energy gets pushed to the side by the happiness I get when a weekend like this comes along. Causal readers may think I hate music with all the pop-shots I take at touring musicians, but that’s just for the bowls of suck that insult Nagoya by bringing their suck-music into my town! I love music. And I love the chance to tell you about all the good music options you have here, and warn you where not to step in to the suck.
There’s a lot of answers this weekend to the question, “What am I doing tonight?” Enjoy.
On To The Calendar
Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00
I was very happy when a reader of the EC posted about this event in the comments sections last week. Mostly because it’s good to know I have a reader, and also due to the fact that I am starting to come around on that uniquely UK sound known as Grime. Other fans of that dark bass will enjoy the sets of special Guest DJs frankly$ick and Datwun with MC PAKIN, along with some talented local DJs including Halcyon; who purportedly will be doing some old school Jungle beats on this night. And the good music for this weekend is just getting started! ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500
Shooters in Fushimi until the 26th
That’s right Canadians! American Thanksgiving, or, as I like to call it, the REAL Thanksgiving! Continuing throughout the weekend, Shooters will be offering a full course including turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole for ¥1950 yen. If a plateful won’t do you, you can tackle the Titanic portion for ¥2,500. Little ones will enjoy the Kids Plate at ¥1,200. And everyone is going to love their pumpkin pie at only ¥300. I’m thankful that I won’t have to have a Subway turkey sandwich thanksgiving again this year!
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Club 3 Star in Imaike from 18:00
Besides being the best Goonies reference ever, this band has combined 2 terrible sounds to create something so mystifying I can’t wrap my brain around it fast enough to hate. Their song Captain Blood is what I imagine you’d get from dropping Blink 182 and Sepultura in a blender (one can dream). DOOR ¥4300
Protoculture Japan Tour
X-Hall in Osu from 21:00
Something a bit different, X-Hall is offering a night of techo and trance topped off with a psy-trance set by special guest Protoculture from South Africa. ADV ¥3000 / DOOR ¥3500
MyBar in Sakae from 18:00
Not much to go on this one, but I imagine you can requests all the Poison and Def Leopard you want to hear all night long.
Club About in Sakae from 21:00
When I spoke above about all the good music happening this weekend, this event was at the forefront of my thoughts. I can think of very few people in Nagoya with as much passion and drive for their music than Andy S. Besides being a highly sought-after DJ, he has had some successful releases of his own uplifting house tunes this year, including Bass Like This. And when you have the energy and talent that Andy does, you will attract energetic and talented people; which is how I would describe his Natural Rhythm crew. On this night, enjoy the big sounds of DJs Skullduggery, Daniel Cheah, Ten Saiki and Nick Shotter. Good stuff. DOOR ¥2500
Chikusa Playhouse in Imaike at 13:00 and 18:00
This is your last chance to catch this original musical from Gary Beaubouef and Steve Pottinger of KPB Productions. These last two shows are it, people. The Sunday shows are SOLD OUT! Audience members for the matinee performance will have a chance to meet the cast and crew at a very special Backstage Tour. Tickets are ¥3,000.
Thanksgiving Wine Dinner
Coat of Arms in Fushimi from 16:00
There are several places to strap on the Thanksgiving feedbag in Nagoya this weekend, but only CoA is doing it all fancy-like (so make sure you put your pinkies out when chowing down). On top of the usual holiday fare of turkey and all the fixin’s, masterfully prepared by gourmet chef Paul Lobosco, there will be an excellent selection of American wines, lovingly selected by expert sommelier Paul Lobosco (hey, he’s a talented guy). They’ve only got seats available for 18 people, so RSVP right away. ¥10,000
Red Rock in Sakae from 21:00
If you’re looking for something more casual, this popular social club has you covered with their annual Thanksgiving Party. ¥3500 gets you into their turkey buffet feast, and a chance to win ¥20,000 in prizes.
Plastic Factory in Imaike from 20:00
And the prize for most hilariously inaccurate event image goes to… Don’t be fooled by the anime girls wielding guitars. This event boasts some amazing, real talent, including Brian Cullen and Sarah Mulvey, David Dycus and Yoichiro Osoreno. But the jewel of this event has to be The Tomo Shagger Tribute Band, whose frenzied take on classic soul and rock is a site to behold. You will get swept away by the charisma and showmanship of front man extraordinaire Tomo Shagger. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)
Sunday, December 1
Club Mago in Shinsakae from 14:00
I’m not really sure what their celebrating at the “Fourth Anniversary Fes”, but they’ve got a circus-load of entertainers lined up, including DJs, dancers, live bands and, I believe, a special appearance by man/transformer hybrid Shinji-Baba. Any party that features a 9-foot robot is awesome in my book. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥4000
Hollywood Ending Japan Tour
Club 3 Star in Imaike from 18:00
If you’re a13 year old girl with shitty taste in music… ADV ¥3800 / DOOR ¥4300
Shooters in Fushimi from 19:00
Nagoya Swings is offering a middle of the week chance for everyone interested in learning some new steps. This is a “Build On Your Basics” workshop, so an introductory knowledge of swing dance is preferred. They’re offering 2 bi-lingual lessons for only ¥600. Singles and couples are all welcome.
Diamond Hall in Shinsakae from 18:00
If you missed this American pop punk band at Summer Sonic this year, consider yourself… lucky? That doesn’t sound right. DOOR ¥6500